CBSE Class 8 English Revision Worksheet Set B

CBSE Class 8 English Worksheet - Revision (21)

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Section A (Reading)

1. Read the passage carefully:-

Since the lineage of investigative journalism is most directly traceable to the Progressive era

of the early 1900’s,it is not surprising that the President of the United States at that time

was among the first to articulate its political dimension. Theodore Roosevelt called

investigative reporters ”muckrackers”, after a character from John Bunyan’s ”Pilgrim’s

Progress” who humbly cleaned ”the filth of the floor.” Despite the misgivings implied by the

comparison, Roosevelt saw the muckrackers as “often indespensible to the well-being of


There are in the body politic, economic and social, many and grave evils, and their is urgent

necessity for the sternest war upon them. There should be relentless exposure of and attack

upon every man, whether politician or businessman.

Roosevelt recognized the value-laden character of investigative journalism. He perceived

correctly that investigative reporters are committed to unearthing wrongdoing. For these

journalists, disclosures of morally outrageous conduct maximize the opportunity for the

forces of “good” to recognize and do battle with the forces of “evil”.

So, the current folklore surrounding investigative reporting closely resembles the American

ideal of popular democracy. Vigilant journalists bring wrongdoing to public attention. An

informed citizenry responds by demanding reforms from their elected representatives.

Policymakers respond in turn by taking corrective action. Partly a product of its muckracking

roots; this idealized perspective is also an outgrowth of the commonly perceived effects of

exposes published in the year 1970’s.The most celebrated of these exposes were the news

stories that linked top White House officials to Watergate crimes. These stories were widely

held responsible for the public’s loss of confidence in the Nixon administration, ultimately

forcing the President’s resignation.

On the basis of reading the above passage answer the following questions:-

a) The passage suggests that Roosevelt’s choice of name for investigative reporters

reflects his belief that______________________________.

b) The term ’folklore’ and ‘idealized perspective’ suggest that the author of the passage

would agree with ___________________________.

c) The author of the passage refers to the report on the “Watergate crimes” primarily as

an example of ____________________.

d) The phrase ‘unearthing wrong doing’ would imply __________.

e) The brand of journalism discussed in the paragraph is based on the assumption that


Section B (Writing)

2. Draft a poster on the occasion of ‘Women’s Day’furnishing with the slogans in about 50


3. You are Pravin / Prabha. You are sad to think that a number of children are made to labour

at ‘dabhas’ and other eatries and are badly treated. Express your feelings in a diary entry in

about 50-60 words.

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